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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Fruit Tree Pruning Kyneton

It’s a commonly held misconception that fruit trees are best pruned in winter. In most instances fruit trees should actually be pruned in summer. My Summer Fruit Tree Pruning workshop will give you the confidence to plan and undertake pruning and training of your fruit trees.

Summer pruning promotes fruit production rather than the excess foliage that winter pruning encourages. Summer pruning also helps your trees recover more quickly from pruning and reduces the chance of introducing disease.

“Very personable and knowledgeable presenter. Was more in-depth than any other pruning workshop I’ve been to. The 5 hours was enough to cover the information supplied. I tackled 3 fruit trees following the workshop, with new understanding of how to approach and carry out considered pruning. Thanks for a fun and interesting day.”

Diane P.

Workshop participant

Come along to my next Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop. By the end of the session you’ll have a much greater understanding of:

  • Tools used for pruning and their maintenance and care
  • Timing of pruning and consequences
  • Tree physiology and “why” a tree grows the way it does
  • Types of cuts we make in pruning and consequences for the tree
  • Different shapes to prune trees
  • How to prune different types of fruit trees to maximise fruit production
  • An overview of how to set up and maintain espaliers

My Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop focuses heavily on understanding the science behind pruning and care. This enables you to better understand the consequences of your actions. It will give you the confidence to manage your fruit trees yourself.

You will have opportunities to practice your new knowledge and skills on the trees in our orchard whilst being supported.

What I will provide:

  • A fun and entertaining workshop on summer fruit tree pruning
  • A comprehensive set of notes
  • Pruning equipment for you to use on the day
  • Fruit trees for you to practice on
  • Basic Tea and Coffee Facilities

What to bring:

  • Clothing appropriate to the weather (sun smart clothing, raincoats, warm clothes, hats etc)
  • Your own lunch and snacks

Please note: This event will be run entirely outdoors and will be conducted regardless of the weather forecast.

About the facilitator

I’m Duncan Cocking and I’ve been growing fruit and vegetables since I was four years old. I support others to grow food and reconnect with nature through my business Leaf, Root & Fruit. I’m passionate about reconnecting you to nature via gardening. I write about growing food and living sustainably. I’m a cool-temperate gardener and permaculture educator with 10 years of experience hosting workshops.

During my classes, I focus on the science behind how gardens grow. This gives you an understanding of the built-in resilience of plants. Rather than always finding problems to fix with sprays and other products, you will have a renewed focus on relaxing, observing your garden, and enjoying it. Understanding “why” minimises the amount of work you have to do in your garden.

“An engaging and informative workshop pitched at the various levels of those attending … not dumbed down and not overly “sciency” … something for everyone. The opportunity to ask questions along the way was appreciated and added immensely to the experience. I look forward to completing other workshops later in the year as Duncan’s style of both teaching and gardening resonates.”

Corrina L.

Workshop participant

About the facilities

In 2019 my young family and I moved from Melbourne to make a tree change to Kyneton, a small town 80 km north-west of the city in Victoria, Australia. Since then, I have been busy developing a permaculture-inspired garden ecosystem.

The property has an onsite classroom, with heating supplied by a wood burner. A split system acts as a back-up source of heating and cooling. The light filled, colourful classroom is kitted out with a large screen for running presentations (I promise that these presentations are almost entirely pictures and rarely contain words). The classroom has basic tea and coffee making facilities, ample car parking and a dedicated toilet.

My demonstration orchard contained within a netted enclosure provides opportunities for workshop participants to explore all aspects of growing fruit trees, and contains many examples of espaliered trees. I have designed and planted an extensive berry patch, market garden beds and edible forest gardens. The kitchen garden demonstrates food growing in a more typical backyard setting.

Participants from all over the state attend our workshops. I look forward to hosting you at this exciting event.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cannot make the event for whatever reason then your ticket fee will be issued as credit, for any future LRF hosted event. If the event has sold out and I manage to re-sell your ticket to another participant from the waiting list then I will issue you a refund, minus the 2.9% ticket booking fee. Giving me as much notice as possible gives me a better chance to re-sell your ticket. Thanks for your understanding.

To book tickets please head to my ticketing website: https://site.corsizio.com/c/652dbb5cb0d39f876f24a57b

Early bird pricing ($110) ends 26th Nov 2023.


February 16
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Leaf, Root & Fruit
0423 003 764
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Kyneton, Victoria
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